Strong deep coastal earthquake near South-East Java and Bali, Indonesia – More than 100 buildings damaged, 1 injury

Last update: July 9, 2013 at 7:29 am by By

Update July 9th, 06:51 UTC : Recent newspaper articles give a total number of 124 damaged buildings, among them residental houses and mosques. 11 of them are severly damaged. Affected by the damage are the districts Sumbermanjing Wetan, Dampit, Ampelgading, Gedangan, Tirtoyudo and Bantur. Sumbermanjing Wetan is the worst hit district with more than 50 damaged buildings.
1 person was injured while fleeing from his house.

Update 11:53 UTC : This earthquake was triggered by compression forces as can be seen in the mechanism below

Image courtesy USGS

Image courtesy USGS

Update 08:35 UTC : The least we can say is that the interaction in between the Indo-Australian plate and the Eurasian plate is very active at the moment. 3 strong to very strong earthquakes in a matter of 1 week and at different locations and different depths. What next ? Seismologists all over the world are trying to find patterns, clues who can at last a grain of hope in predicting the next strong one. But unfortunately … no generally accepted conclusive solution as far as we know.

Update 08:29 UTC : The lower map shows a 1916 M7.3 earthquake a little to the south. Interesting to notice that also that earthquake was at a depth of 100 km.

Update 08:14 UTC : The quake was felt for about 3 to 5 seconds on the nearby coast. At the time of writing this update only a couple of reports are mentioning some minor damage to a limited number of houses. There was never a risk for a tsunami.
Below the Geofon seismogram recorded at Jajag, Java. The big blue amplitude is this earthquake, the Red ones are the New Ireland and New Britain massive earthquakes who are visible on seismograms all over the world.

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Seismogram courtesy Geofon Germany

The strongest shaking was felt at the south-eastern part of Java. The earthquake itself was felt in Java, Bali and even Lombok. The main reason for the shaking is the depth of the hypocenter (breaking point inside the earth). If deeper, this weakens the shaking but at the same time increases the radius where the quake was felt.

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  1. 46km (29mi) SSE of Pujiharjo, Indonesia
  2. 62km (39mi) SSW of Kencong, Indonesia
  3. 68km (42mi) SSE of Dampit, Indonesia
  4. 70km (43mi) SSW of Lumajang, Indonesia
  5. 740km (460mi) ESE of Jakarta, Indonesia

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.7

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-07-08 02:13:42

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 67 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Java, Indonesia Jul 08 02:13 5.8 77 MAP I Felt It
  • Tulungagung, Jawa Timur - Watched the buildings shake and ran outside
  • Karangploso, East Java - Felt moderately strong shaking for about 10 seconds Movement side-to-side
  • Surabaya - 5-10 seconds
  • Grajagan Pantai , S/E Java - Spoke to my wife in Grajagan Pantai last night ( monday 8/7/13) Quite strong Lindu / earthquake felt in the village early morning . Minimal damage , roof tiles shaken loose , plates etc shaken off shelves , no structual damage reported . Ring of Fire active again 3-4 quakes in the last 2 weeks , Sumatara , Lombock , Tremors in Maluku . Fingers crossed we don't get another Bad one . ER : Thank you for telling us
  • GEOFON South Of Java, Indonesia Jul 08 02:13 5.7 67 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC South Of Java, Indonesia Jul 08 02:13 5.8 79 MAP I Felt It
  • Bali, Denpasar - Slight shaking
  • Canggu - There was also a rumble. July 8,2013
  • Bali - 3 minutes ago, experienced a small earthquake in Bali which lasted for about 10 seconds
  • Bingan - Felt few seconds of slight shaking in bingan, bali
  • Ubud - Light shaking for 20-30 seconds
  • Nusa dua - Lasted about 10 seconds
  • Ubud - Windows rattling chairs moving
  • Bali - Felt building shake.
  • Denpasar - Computer screen shaking, less than 10 seconds
  • Jimbaran - just a little tremor, not enough to disturb the pool
  • sanur bali indonesia - felt light shake for 15 seconds. was in a old wooden 2story building that rattled a bit.
  • Bali, Seminyak - House moved
  • Seminyak bali - Light shaking for 10-20 seconds!!
  • Jimbaran, Bali - light shaking
  • Bali - I was tapping massage to my family, when my bed started to shake. It was realy scary and it happened before 5 minutes. I am in hotel now, on 6th floor. I'm realy scared of tsunami, because I am on island Bali and now I want to go to beach. Do you have any news of that earthquake in Indonesia? Message me on my email loreanaolui@yahoo.com , thank you.
  • kota blitar - hari ini tgl 8 juli 2013 jsekitar jam 09.28 terasa gempa di kota blitar
  • Ubud, Bali - 10:15 am approximately 08/07/2013. Less strong than the one two weeks ago but it went on and on, this one spooked me.
  • Kuta, Bali - Weak shaking. Some rattling of furniture. Floor and ground moving slightly.
  • Legian, Bali - 3rd floor apartment shook for a few seconds at approximately approx 10.20am 8/7/2013, we ran to the balcony and people were screaming downstairs and there was another slight shaking for a few seconds again. Movement has ceased and all activity around us continued as usual !!
  • Ubud - Shaking in Ubud for about 30 seconds.
  • Seminyak - Felt trembling in building, they went outside and saw windows shaking across the road
  • Airport Ngurah Rai Denpasar Bali - Senin, 8 Juli 2013 Jam 10.35 Wita terasa gempa di Airport Ngurah Rai Denpasar Bali Indonesia
  • Canggu - Light shaking. Lasted for 20 seconds
  • Jimbaran, Bali - gentle shaking for about 30 seconds.
  • Seminyak - Walls and patio shook. Chairs and tables in restaurant rattled
  • Nusa Dua - Felt it twice - second one stronger than the first. Scared me!
  • Seminyak Bali - Senti o predio todo tremer por ceca de tres segundos. A maioria das pessoas presentes no predio (indonesios quase todos) correu assustada. Nao sei a classificacao, mas penso que foi MMI III...
  • Keroboken - Floor and furniture of villa shaking for approx 30 seconds. Movement of water in swimming pool. Quite scary!
  • Leces Probolinggo - terasa goyang 10 detik pas di depan komputer
  • pinaari - I nvr felt anythng like these b4 is this a sign of madiba's pain just magine earth quake here
  • Legian Kelod - Was seated at computer next to patio doors. Sliding doors started to rattle, then when I looked up I could see concrete parts of building move. Downstairs people came out in fright but no injuries, no apparent damage to building. This happened in Gang Janji, Legian Bali.
  • Seminyak - Glass was rattling and thought someone was trying to move my chair. Plants were also moving.
  • Legion - Surreal, lounger shook, ground and pool moving,felt shaking for around 20 seconds.
  • Ubud, Bali - About 20 seconds of light shaking
  • Ampenan - we are from India, we are 3 friends were sitting in a Gazebo in front garden in our house. and suddenly that Gazebo started to shake... kind of 3 to 5 shakes and this was the first experience we got...
  • Keronokan - 10.15am Kerobokan, Bali - the house shook twice from side to side
  • Sanur - Light Shaking for about 20 seconds, not really displacing anything in the House
  • Brawa Bali - Windows shook for 10 seconds and could feel it under my feet
  • Balian Beach - The sliding doors rattled for about 20 seconds.
  • Sanur Bali - The house here shook 20 to 30 seconds with windows and curtains moving a bit creepy then slight tremor for a few more seconds after
  • Bali Jimbaran UNUD - Felt shaking for like 10-15 seconds during final exam
  • Jimbaran, Bali - Building was kind of vibrating
  • Tanjungrejo Wuluhan - Gemeter dan cukup mendebarkan dada
  • Ubud - Felt a very light shake while sitting on a terrace.
  • Nusa Dua - Estaba echada en mi cama con un pie colgando de ella, y senti que se movia de un lado a otro. Los cristales tambien temblaron un poco. Fue una sensacion muy extraña
  • UBUD - Moderate shaking during more then 10 seconds at the upstairs of my house
  • Denpasar - Its already an habit !!!
  • sakah - Felt very weak shake, but did feel it
  • Seminyak - We were on the 3rd floor of our hotel and the walls and mirrors on the walls were shaking! It was quite scary, when we left the room the people on the ground floor didn't know what we were talking about! They were all still eating there breakfast, we asked one of the waiters and he said he didn't feel anything!!! I think it felt a lot more higher up in the building!
  • Ubud - I came out of the shower and saw the dressing table mirror shaking. Made me feel a little scared.
  • The Legian , Bali - We were on the 2nd floor an experienced a strong shaking for around 10 seconds or so. Luckily everything is normail after that.
  • Kerobokan - Um 10.18 Uhr Ortszeit in Kerobokan spuerten wird das Beben mit leichtem Schuetteln des Hauses.Ca. 10 sekunden lange Grundbewegung. Lampen und Moebel wackelten!
  • Kerobokan - 10.18 Uhr Ortszeit Kerobokan/Bali Leiches Schuetteln des Hauses. Rumpeln und scheiben Klirren!
  • Nusa Dua, Bali - Thought the people in the next hotel room were having a particularly energetic "romantic bonding" time, as my hotel headboard was shaking. Then figured out it was an earthquake
  • Balian - Estamos en Balian , yo no me entere mucho pero el servicio de la Villa nos lo comento. Pensábamos que era al caminar por nuestra habitación ya que los pisos son de madera.. No, nos asustamos porque la gente de aquí nos trasmitió tranquilidad.
  • Balian - Yo no me entere mucho, pensé que era la caminar por que los suelos de la habitación que son de madera y suelen crujir. El,personal de la Villa nos comento lo del terremoto pero nos trasmitieron tranquilidad. Todo se quedo en una anécdota màs..
  • Balian - No nos enteramos mucho, la verdad pensábamos que era el crujir de las maderas del suelo nuestra habitación, pero el,personal de la Villa nos comento lo del temblor. Ellos nos trasmitieron mucha tranquilidad y todo se quedo en una anécdota . Un familia canaria..
  • Seminyak, Bali - The building we were in shook moderately for about 5-10 seconds.
  • Ubud, Bali - I was barefoot and sitting at the table and felt the earth trembling. I said to Karl "did you feel that?" he thought it had been a heavy truck rolling by. Then it happened again and for longer. I was very clear about feeling the earth moving up and down in waves.This time we both jumped up, as well as the other Japanese guest, and together with the staff and Yuliati family looked for open spaces away from the courtyard rooves. We all gathering for a while waiting for another. Quite unnerving.
  • Nusa Dua - Saw the door shake on our hotel room Novotel and felt the floor shake
  • Legian, Bali - I felt it in Legian , Bali. We heard creaking in the door way and then the shaking started and felt the floor sort of rolling.
  • Uluwatu - The 2 story building I was in shook noticeably
  • Ubud, Bali, Indonesia - The tremor went for about 20 seconds with mild shaking and swimming pool water moving slightly.
  • Canggu - On holiday in Bali. Everybody felt their chairs starting to shake. Loud rattle from the roof.
  • seminyak - I was asleep up stairs of my villa as was my daughter, and both our beds started to shake. This woke me up , but some how i knew what it was. After running down stairs and asking my daughter if she felt it. She said "yes". We waited for more but nothing. Then we went surfing. Not to worried about it as i come to Bali every month and have been coming here for many years.
  • Seminyak - Sudden thump and sideways shake for 2 seconds

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
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    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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